Critical Confusion in Selected Studies of Santillana's Prohemio e Carta Public Deposited

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  • March 19, 2019
  • Weinberg, Michael
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Romance Studies
  • Poetics, like the poems that it explains and informs, is subject to multiple interpretations. Moreover, when it is written by a practitioner of the same art, the poet's prominence may at times obfuscate the true value of his propositions. Such may be the case with the Prohemio e carta of Íñigo López de Mendoza, Marquess of Santillana, whose greatness as a poet often exaggerates the interpretation of the comparatively minor Prohemio. This paper investigates the importance and supposed novelty of the Prohemio with the end of better understanding its place in the literature of the fifteenth century and the place assigned to it by others, considering historical context, literary precedents, and selected examples of contemporary scholarly reception. It concludes that any attempt to establish the true value of the Prohemio e carta for its contemporaries should be based not on its posterior reputation but on its epistolary origins.
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  • Dominguez, Frank
  • Perelmuter, Rosa
  • Hsu, Carmen
  • Master of Arts
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  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Graduate School
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  • 2010
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